A simple Wild Rose Elixir that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with dried rose petals, honey and brandy, this rose tincture takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! ( Allow 24 hours for infusion). Use in filtered water as a healing tincture, or to flavor sparkling water, champagne, hot teas, or cocktails. 

A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! Add a splash of this Wild Rose Elixer to sparkling water, champagne, tea, or cocktails. #tincture #rose #elixir #lovepotion

Your self love is a medicine for the earth.  ~Yung Pueblo

Years ago, my friend Tonia sent me a bottle of her Wild Rose Elixir made with rose petals she collected on San Juan Island.  I will never forget the first time I tried it. I was having an especially hard day, feeling very emotional and unsettled. I poured a tablespoon of the elixir into a glass of water and envisioned her picking all those petals, while I guzzled it down. Something strange happened.

It felt as if love had literally poured right into me.

My emotions softened, and it felt as if my heart was being held. I can’t explain it, and I know how this may sound strange to some, but this was my experience and it felt very real. Tears of joy welled up in my eyes.

After that day, I saved that special bottle of Rose Elixer for days I knew would be very hard or stressful, and for very special days, like valentines and my wedding day.  Somehow it soothed me and filled me with love. A magic love potion of sorts, but for myself.

Beliefs are very powerful.

For Valentines Day, I asked Tonia to share her very special recipe for Rose Elixir with us.

Properties and Benefits of Rose:

  • In Ayurveda, rose is considered cooling, yet at the same time, it enhances agni, the digestive fire. This unique quality makes it perfect for balancing for all three doshas.
  • Throughout history, people have relied on the essence of roses to nurture Spirit. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, rose is believed to balance Shen, a term that refers to our psychological health and wellbeing.
  • Rose calms the mind and soothes the heart, simultaneously relaxing and uplifting, easing the emotional heaviness of sadness, grief, and heartbreak.
  • In Unani Medicine (Greek-Arabic) rose is believed to help the spiritual heart, feel joy.  It is believed to anchor a restless heart and open a closed heart.

 

A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! Add a splash of this Wild Rose Elixer to sparkling water, champagne, tea, or cocktails. #tincture #rose #elixir #lovepotion

The rose tincture is very simple:

It starts with 1 cup of dried rose petals, which you can find at upscale grocery stores in the bulk spice or tea isle.

You may also use freshly picked wild rose petals – tripling the amount of rose petals (and skipping the hot water).

A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! Add a splash of this Wild Rose Elixer to sparkling water, champagne, tea, or cocktails. #tincture #rose #elixir #lovepotion

Place the dried rose petals in a pint jar and cover with 1/4 cup boiling water and give a stir. Put the lid on and let it steam, until softened, about 5 minutes.

A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! Add a splash of this Wild Rose Elixer to sparkling water, champagne, tea, or cocktails. #tincture #rose #elixir #lovepotion

To the softened petals, add 1/2 cup honey.

Now you can substitute another sweetener (like agave) but Tonia believes that the honey is part of the magic.

A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! Add a splash of this Wild Rose Elixer to sparkling water, champagne, tea, or cocktails. #tincture #rose #elixir #lovepotion

Then add 1/2 cup XO brandy.

A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! Add a splash of this Wild Rose Elixer to sparkling water, champagne, tea, or cocktails. #tincture #rose #elixir #lovepotion

Place the lid on the jar and shake. Let this infuse at minimum, for 24 hours, on the counter, shaking the jar often- as agitation will infuse the rose flavor into the honied brandy.

Feel free to let it infuse longer – a week, a month, or up to 6 weeks for a more intense infusion.

Strain the rose petals.

A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! Add a splash of this Wild Rose Elixer to sparkling water, champagne, tea, or cocktails. #tincture #rose #elixir #lovepotion

Save the brandied petals and add to desserts– shortbread cookies, muffins, custard, over icecream…

A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! Add a splash of this Wild Rose Elixer to sparkling water, champagne, tea, or cocktails. #tincture #rose #elixir #lovepotion

Pour the Rose Elixer into a sealed or corked glass jar.

A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! Add a splash of this Wild Rose Elixer to sparkling water, champagne, tea, or cocktails. #tincture #rose #elixir #lovepotion

Save for days when you could use a little extra love. Pour a tablespoon in a glass of filtered water, hot tea, or sparkling water, or to your champagne. It’s delicious in cocktails as well, think French 75’s,  Hot Toddies, or  Sangria!

It makes for a lovely gift- we all know people in our lives who could use an extra bit of love.

Please share how you use it in the comments below.

We hope you enjoy this magical Wild Rose Elixir!

Happy Valentines Day.

xoxoxo

Sylvia and Tonia

 

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A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in our overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! Add a splash of this Wild Rose Elixer to sparkling water, champagne, tea, or cocktails. #tincture #rose #elixir #lovepotion

Wild Rose Elixir

  • Author: Tonia Schemmel
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 24 hours
  • Total Time: 24 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/8 cup 1x
  • Category: Tincture
  • Method: Infused
  • Cuisine: American

Description

A simple Rose Tincture that opens the heart, quiets the mind and soothes the soul. Calming and uplifting it aids in overall wellbeing, balancing all 3 doshas. Made with simple ingredients, this takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time! ( Allow 24 hours – or up to 6 weeks for infusing). Use in water, as a healing tincture, or to flavor sparkling water, champagne, hot tea, or cocktails.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 12 oz jar with tight fitting lid (2 cup, pint jar)
  • 1 cup dried fragrant rose petals (6 grams)
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup honey (see notes) 
  • ½ cup brandy (see notes)

Place dried rose petals in the jar.

Pour boiling water over the petals and stir to get all the petals moistened.  

Let sit 5 minutes covered with the lid.

Add honey and brandy to the softened petals.  

Put the lid on the jar and shake until all ingredients are well mixed.

Leave jar on the counter at room temperature for at least 24 hours (up to 6 weeks).

Shake often as agitation will infuse the rose flavor into the honied brandy.

Strain rose petals out and store the elixir in a corked glass jar.  ( Or keep it in the pint jar) 

(**Add the brandied petals to dessert – shortbread cookies, muffins, custard, over icecream…..)

**I like to use XO (literally means extra old) Brandy but any will do.

**Also I recommend using a lighter honey as the darker honey’s can over power the rose flavor.

I have made it with added flavors like cardamom pods, ginger, vanilla…etc.  But I find them to diminish the rose flavor. 


Instructions

Place dried rose petals in the jar.

Pour boiling water over the petals and stir to get all the petals moistened.

Let sit 5 minutes covered with the lid.

Add honey and brandy to the softened petals.

Put the lid on the jar and shake until all ingredients are well mixed.

Leave jar on the counter at room temperature for at least 24 hours (up to 6 weeks).

Shake often as agitation will infuse the rose flavor into the honied brandy.

Strain rose petals out,  and store the rose elixir in a sealed glass jar.

This will keep 6-12 months. Refigerate for longer shelf life.


Notes

Save and add the brandied rose petals to dessert – shortbread cookies, muffins, custard, over icecream.

You may substitue agave for the honey- but Tonia believes that honey is part of the magic.

Try to use XO (literally means extra old) Brandy, but any will do.

Use a lighter honey as darker honey can over power the rose flavor.

Add flavors like cardamom pods, ginger, vanilla…etc, but they may diminish the rose flavor.

Lastly, if you do not use alcohol, consider infusing just the honey with rose petals, for Rose-scented Honey.

Keywords: rose tincture, rose tincture recipe, love potion, rose elixir, rose recipes, recipes with roses, wild rose recipes, dyi tinctures,

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    1. I keep this in small ball jars in the freezer, 6 months to a year. In the fridge about 1 week. I would either use the petals right away or freeze them or you could also try dehydrating them?

  1. I found this recipe years ago and have made it so many times now. Thank you for the great recipe. It turns out wonderful every time!

  2. Hi! I’m wondering if I have to use brandy or can I use just the honey? Because I prefer to not drink alcohol.😊

    1. Roses in honey is divine! Depending on the texture of your rose petals, you may not even need to strain them out. Just eat by the spoonful. 😉

    1. Not silly 🙂 You don’t need to strain it out. The dried rose petals usually absorb most of the water.

  3. What a beautiful article! I just made a rose glycerite, but I think I will save this recipe for Valentine’s Day when I can use dried roses. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. We have knock out rose bushes. It currently has hundreds of red roses on it. Id like to make this elixir but is there a way to use it other than in tea, water, etc? Id love to have a bottle on the counter to use daily. Also does the bottle have to be colored?

    1. Oh my goodness! How beautiful! The amber jar prevents uv light from degrading the potency of the liquid overtime. This may not be an issue if you are using often. It might be fun to play around with it. Perhaps in whip cream, yogurt, fruit dishes, cookies, frostings, cocktails, salad dressing?? Let us know what you create!

  5. Thank you for sharing this excellent recipe. Found dried Damascus rose petals at a store so I tried it and it turned out lovely! I particularly like it in my tea , so gorgeous…

  6. Why do you have to use Brandy? And do you have any spirit choices instead of brandy?

  7. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! I used fresh roses from the garden and tinctured in just the brandy hoping to extract more of the medicinal properties of the rose. After 2 weeks, strained the petals and added honey. Delicious and heart soothing. Gave to my Mom and a friend, both of whom had recently lost their husbands. Appreciated!

      1. Oops! I see now I missed the fresh petal substitute amount in the post. Thanks you for the lovely recipe! Currently steeping in my pantry. ♥️

  8. I have the petals infusing in the elixir still, but I would like some recipes for the use of the strained rose petals. I tripled the recipe, so I will have quite a bit of the strained petals to use. Also, is it ok to freeze some of the strained rose petals for future use in baked goods, etc.?

    1. Hi Robin, did you end up finding and trying some recipes you would recommend? I am in a similar situation as you with lots of strained petals to use 🙂

    2. Hi Robin- I have not tried freezing the roses. I think it would work! (though they may discolor?) I would lay the petals out on a sheet pan to freeze and then bag them up to store in the freezer.
      I like to use the brandy soaked petals in shortbread cookies and almond cake. They would pair well with berries in muffins and pie. I also like to add them to honey for a fragrant treat on biscuits and the like. If you have a dehydrator, you can dry the rose petals and grind them into a powder- add a little magic to cookies, spice blends, dressings etc.
      Keep in mind that the brandy flavor will be dominant in the soaked petals as most of the rose fragrance will have already infused into the elixir.

      Have fun experimenting!

  9. I have a wonderful climbing rose, whose fresh petals I used last year for your rose jelly, which is excellent by the way, and I’m thinking that this recipe, with those petals, will make something very special.

  10. What type of rose petals do you use…out of your garden? I was told that rose petals are toxic now a days due to the hybrid and pesticides that are used.

    1. Great recipe ! However, Is it safe to use regular rose petals that you buy at store? Or need to look for organic or wild roses?